Institute for Industrial Decarbonisation

The UNSW Institute for Industrial Decarbonisation (IID) drives integrated research and education initiatives, drawing on the expertise of more than 30 centres and advanced laboratories.

Welcome to the UNSW Institute for Industrial Decarbonisation (IID)

About us

Reducing global carbon (CO2e) emissions to sustainable levels is a massive technical and societal challenge. The task includes but is far greater than the transition to renewable energy.  New technologies, supply chain solutions, standards and skills are essential across every sector of industry.  UNSW has exceptional expertise and laboratory infrastructure across most sectors of industry including hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as construction, manufacturing, civil engineering, mining, and industrial chemicals. Most importantly, we have many decades of experience working with industry to translate primary research into real-world solutions.   

Our aim is that our research teams, industry partners, alumni and future graduates, will play a pivotal global role in decarbonising industrial materials and processes, enabling the transition to a low carbon economy.

Universities are ready and able to work with policy makers and business leaders to wrest back control of the climate trajectory.
Photo of Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor & President, UNSW
Professor Attila Brungs - June 2022
Vice-Chancellor & President, UNSW

Industry partnerships

If you have a specific technical challenge you would like to explore, or are interested in discussing your company's decarbonisation strategy and transition, please get in touch.

The benefits of working with UNSW include:
  • Multidisciplinary expertise at a leading global research institution.  
  • Access to world-class technologies and infrastructure.  
  • Dedicated industry-facing and government-facing organisational units. 
  • Highly effective partnership models including research strategy advice and support.
  • Collaborative research leveraging third party and government funding.  
  • Access to our national and global research partners.  
  • Access to students through professional development programs, projects, and our industry placement program.  
  • Opportunities to lead or participate in high impact demonstration projects.

Our centres and facilities

Future leaders and the skills pipeline

A sustainable future for all is a priority at UNSW. Through our undergraduate degrees and postgraduate programs, to executive level short courses and briefings offered by the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and Australian Graduate School of Engineering (AGSE), we are helping to provide the skills needed to achieve decarbonisation at an industrial scale.

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The IID works with and builds on existing national and international networks in the climate and sustainable development field. UNSW Chairs the International Universities Climate Alliance, leads the NSW government’s Decarbonisation Hub and is engaged with the UN in relation to sustainability and resilience initiatives throughout the Indo-Pacific. Regarding regional engagement, the IID works in tandem with the Office of the Vice Chancellor and other key UNSW groups including The Institute for Global DevelopmentThe Climate Risk & Response InstituteThe Cities Institute, The Energy InstituteThe Global Water Institute and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

UNSW IID is proud to work with:


David Eyre, Chief Executive Officer

For general enquiries, please call the Faculty of Engineering reception on (+61 2) 9385 5000.